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4 Healthy & Aesthetic Café Foods For Atas-living During Lockdown

We’ve all felt slightly guilty splurging on fancy brunch dates. However, with group sizes still limited to 2 persons during this period post-P2HA, we need to find alternative ways to get together with our pals over weekend brunch and mimosas.

If you were looking forward to having a gathering in cafes for brunch sooner than later, we have come up with some aesthetic recipe ideas to recreate a fancy gathering even during lockdown.

These brunch ideas will definitely be aesthetic and atas enough for you to post on your social media feeds, with additional tips to make the foods healthier, and more importantly, will be much lighter on your wallets being prepared and served from your home kitchen!

Feta cheese sourdough avocado toast
Once you embark on this journey of whipping up your own cafe foods at home, you will realise how much additional you have been paying for the cafe-dining experience! Avocado toast is one of the easiest brunch foods with the least preparation time and mess. All ingredients are readily available from the supermarket:

  • Your choice of wholegrain bread (we prefer sourdough from the bakery)
  • Ripened avocados (darker purple skin)
  • Fresh cherry tomatoes cut in halves
  • Eggs prepared in style of your choice
  • Crumbled feta cheese
  • Cajun spice, pepper and salt to decorate and taste

French toast and berries / yoghurt
French toast can be a healthy source of protein and vitamins when cooked right, with reduced fats and avoiding added sugar. It is also easy to make them look aesthetic just by decorating them with a few additional ingredients:

  • Choice of bread (low GI wholegrain breads make you feel fuller for longer)
  • Whole eggs and egg whites (for additional protein)
  • Unsweetened oat milk
  • Cooking oil spray
  • Healthy toppings: Natural Greek yoghurt, berries of choice
  • Optional: Cinnamon power, blue Agave syrup

Sweet potato fries with garlic yoghurt dip
Potatoes often get a bad rep as a diet food since they are viewed purely as carbs – however, studies have shown that potatoes highest and best satiety index score – this means that potatoes can make you feel full the longest and prevent you from having the urge to snack.

For our choice of cafe food, we choose the sweet potato because their added sweetness tricks us into thinking that we are indulging in a form of dessert. An air fryer will make this snack healthier to prepare, otherwise, do opt to bake them after spraying with olive oil. Use the following ingredients to prepare a healthier condiment as a dip as well:

  • Cooking oil spray (olive oil is our healthier choice)
  • American sweet potatoes
  • Garlic salt / herb seasoning to taste
  • Garlic yoghurt dip: 1/2 cup greek yogurt, 2 Tbsp low-calorie mayonnaise, ½ fresh lemon juice, 1 tsp minced garlic, 1/2 tsp garlic powder , 1/4 tsp paprika, 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, 1/4 tsp sea salt

Homemade smoothie bowls with berries
For the dessert lovers, making your own acai bowl at home is easier than imagined and a healthier alternative to cakes or muffins. Although we might not have acai berries easily available, we can substitute them with frozen berries. It is also up to your creativity to decorate these smoothie bowls with your own toppings of choice. To make them even healthier, do remember to incorporate lots of fibre and only ingredients that contain natural sugars.

Smoothie base – to be blended together:

  • Frozen bananas, strawberries
  • Oat milk
  • Coconut water
  • Ice cubes

Topping ideas:

  • Toasted coconut flakes
  • Chia seeds (great source of fibre)
  • Choice of Berries: Blueberries, kiwis, raspberries etc
  • Optional: Nut butter, Cocoa nibs, Manuka honey
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